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Welcome to Dr. Guy Nehrenz, Commissioner for the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education.

 
CAAHEP BLOG
Check out the latest CAAHEP Blog post of October 19, 2015, by Kathleen Megivern

 

CAAHEP Accredits its First IONM Program 
Congratulations to the Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, on becoming the first IONM program accredited by CAAHEP. The CAAHEP Board took action on this program at its September 18th meeting.


CAAHEP Board Member to Serve as NN2 President-elect
Congratulations to CAAHEP Board Member
Gregory Ferenchak, EdD, on being elected President-elect of the 
National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges (NN2) for the 2016-2017 term. 
 


CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting Schedule
The CAAHEP Board of Directors takes accreditation actions six times per year (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., and Nov.). The following are upcoming meeting dates and locations (where appropriate):



November 20, 2015
Conference Call

January 20-21, 2016
Tampa Bay, FL 

March 18, 2016
Conference Call 

May 20, 2016
Conference Call 

July 20-21, 2016
Orlando, FL 

 


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April 10-11, 2016

"Implementing a Strategy to Reach Our 20/20 Vision"

Memphis, TN

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From the President
Thomas Skalko


The Current Climate:  The value of accreditation is under significant scrutiny of late. A recent article by Michael Stafford in Inside Higher Ed (20 October 2015) points out the challenges that the accreditation industry faces. While the article primarily addresses institutional accreditation agencies, there are several take-away items. Among the concerns is passing along or "green-lighting too many poor-performing colleges and universities." In addition, the cost of higher education continues to take a front seat in the discussions, as well as student completion rates, job placement rates, and other student outcomes. It seems that the perception of over-regulation and the placement of undue burden by institutional accreditors is taking front stage.
 
From a CAAHEP perspective, the climate further emphasizes that each of our Committees on Accreditation (CoAs) should continue to focus their efforts on student outcomes, including competencies for practice (knowledge, skills and abilities), retention rates, job placement, credentialing exam pass rates and other meaningful measures.
 
One thing our CoAs can do to assist CAAHEP in this process is to ensure that all programs are publishing at least one outcome measure. (See the related article by Kathy Megivern.) Sooner or later (more likely sooner rather than later), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be spot-checking for compliance. Anything our CoAs can do to ensure compliance is very helpful for all of us. Please let us know if we can assist in some way. CoAs should understand that with the change in the Standards that was enacted last January, failure of a program to make readily available at least one outcome is a Standards violation and should be a citation when a program is reviewed.
 
I recently attended the fall ASPA meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting included some very thoughtful discussion on some of the challenges facing academic programs. A panel of legislative aides offered insights into some of the issues facing higher education. Among the key topics are: cost of higher education, student loan debt and repayment, transferability of credits to other institutions or graduate school, and college safety and harassment.
 
Also among the issues was the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The Panel discussed the key principles including: 1) the empowerment of students and families in making informed decisions regarding college by ensuring greater transparency with regard to cost and educational outcomes; 2) simplifying and streamlining financial aid options; 3) renovation and access to learning including competency based education; and 4) ensuring accountability with a greater focus on outcomes and less on inputs.
 
CAAHEP Representing You: Finally, in an effort to add CAAHEP's voice to the challenges faced by the "state authorization" laws, CAAHEP added its support to a letter from ASAHP, among other organizations, to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate and House Committees that will deal with Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Many of the existing state authorization laws require registration (and in some cases large fees) when a student is placed in their state for an internship. These laws significantly impact the ability of programs to place students across state lines in field placement, as well as limiting the availability of distance education programs. We will continue to advocate through educational means for all of CAAHEP's stakeholders as public policy issues such as this one impact the business of quality education in allied health.
 
We look forward to the coming year and to the success of each of our Committees on Accreditation.
 
Keep reading, send us notes when you find something of interest to our stakeholders, draft a note for the CAAHEP blog , or give us a shout if we can be of assistance. 

Thom
Thomas Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT
President, CAAHEP
transparency
Attention Accredited Programs: New Transparency Policy Set
By Kathleen Megivern, JD
Executive Director
 
As we have been reporting, the CAAHEP Board of Directors voted last January to amend the language in all CAAHEP Standards concerning transparency. The new language says:
 
Section V. Fair Practices
A. Publications and Disclosures:
 
4. The sponsor must maintain, and provide upon request, current and consistent information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments required in these Standards.
 
The sponsor should develop a suitable means of communicating to the communities of interest the achievement of students/graduates.
 
All of our Committees on Accreditation were asked to develop policies that would lay out which outcomes they are requiring that their programs publish. As of this date, all of the CoAs have such policies in place and now it is time to begin "enforcement."
 
Is your program posting outcomes in a readily accessible place (preferably your website)? Do you know what the CoA for your profession is requiring? Have they set a deadline by which time you will need to have outcomes posted? Throughout the fall and winter, CAAHEP staff will be checking websites to see who is in compliance and notifying CoAs of those programs that have not published outcomes. Beginning next year, CoAs will be monitoring this area of the Standards when programs are reviewed.
 
The pressure for "transparency" is very real, coming from all corners. It has been made more urgent as CAAHEP strives to demonstrate its compliance with CHEA criteria.

Two Sets of Standards Approved
 

The following two sets of Standards were approved by the CAAHEP Board of Directors at the September 18th Board Meeting:

 

  • Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Cardiovascular Technology, which had a technical change.
  • Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Medical Scribe Specialist, which is a completely new set of Standards.

Both sets are currently in effect and can be reviewed on the CAAHEP website

Requesting Input from CAAHEP Accredited Programs
     
As part of its strategic planning process, the CAAHEP Board of Directors is assessing the current services it provides to our communities of interest. Programs that are CAAHEP accredited play an integral part in this assessment. Recently, a notice was sent to all CAAHEP accredited programs requesting participation in an electronic survey on the services that CAAHEP provides, If your program has not yet responded, please visit the CAAHEP website to review the services available there, and then share your opinion through the electronic survey link below. In addition to the current services CAAHEP provides, the Board is interested in finding out if there is something that CAAHEP is not providing that would be helpful to our accredited programs. Please use the space provided in the survey to share your ideas as well. Survey results will be shared with the full Board and used in the strategic planning process. 




Please respond by November 6, 2015. Thank you for your input.
ARC/STSA Executive Director to Retire     
     
At the September annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), Keith R. Orloff, CST, FAST, announced that after serving as the organization's longest-standing Executive Director he will retire in the Summer of 2016.
 
During Keith's tenure the ARC/STSA saw a major branding and identity change, celebrated its 40th anniversary, grew to serve over 470 accredited Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting programs, became the second largest Committee on Accreditation in the CAAHEP system, and initiated a major streamlining initiative to benefit all communities of interest. The Board recognized that Keith's work at the ARC/STSA has been instrumental in moving the organization into a leadership position in allied health accreditation. The ARC/STSA has benefited from Keith's professionalism, integrity, and rich experience which has shaped the organization for the better by his knowledge in specialized programmatic accreditation, higher education and both professions we serve. It is clear that he will be missed.

CAAHEP, too, will miss Keith, as he has always been a supporter of CAAHEP and our activities. His willingness to assist the organization over the years placed him on several key meeting planning committees and speaking on panels and during workshops. Keith is currently a member of the CAAHEP Standards Committee and Bylaws Committee. 
 
The ARC/STSA Board of Directors and Van Bates, ARC/STSA President, have appointed a search committee to identify a candidate to succeed Keith by the time he leaves his position next year.
 
Qualified applicants are invited to apply; please see requirements in the ED Search Announcement at ED Search. For any additional questions, please contact Kathy Snyder, BA, CST, FAST, Search Committee Chairperson.
 
For questions about the ARC/STSA or its Board of Directors, please contact Keith Orloff, CST, FAST, Executive Director. 
Wanted: Photos of Professions 
     
CAAHEP is excited to announce that it is working on a re-design of our website, and would like the fresh, new look to include photos of the professions in which CAAHEP accredits programs. If at all possible, we would like a picture from each profession to use throughout the site. Please help us by sending in a photo of the practioners from your profession at work, or spread the word about our photo search within your profession.The image file formats accepted are as follows: bmp, gif, png, jpg, jpeg, tiff, and tif. The preference is jpeg. With the photo, we will need permission from the person being photographed to use the image. Please use the Photo Release Form when collecting photos or share the release form within your profession. Photos and the release form can be emailed to Lorna Frazier-Lindsey. Thank you!
CAAHEP FEES TO INCREASE
July 2016 
This is to serve as a reminder that CAAHEP's institutional fees will increase effective for the year that begins July 1, 2016. This is the first increase in over 15 years! The fee will be raised from $450 per year to $550 per year. This is the fee paid by every institution that sponsors one or more CAAHEP-accredited programs.


 

Kathleen Megivern, JD, Executive Director, said, "The increase in institutional fees will not take place until July 1, 2016, so that our educational institutions will have adequate time to budget for the increase no matter when their fiscal year begins. Programs and institutions will receive notices throughout the coming year as reminders to prepare for the new fee structure."


 

Any educational institution or CAAHEP accredited program with questions on the new institutional fee should contact the CAAHEP office for assistance

Accreditation Actions

Each profession in the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) system has a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) that consists of experts in the profession that are responsible for reviewing programs and making appropriate recommendations for accreditation to CAAHEP.  CAAHEP reviews recommendations received from its CoAs in each profession, assures due process was followed, and takes final action on an accreditation status.

CAAHEP took the following actions at its September 18, 2015 meeting. Actions are identified by profession, action taken, and date of the next comprehensive evaluation. In some cases, the concentration and/or degree are also specified. Where available, a link to the program's website is included.  

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2020. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Harris Health System, Houston, TX (General)
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK (Cardiac)
St. Louis Community College, St Louis, MO (General)
St. Louis Community College, St Louis, MO (Cardiac)
Sanford-Brown Institute-Garden City, Garden City, NY (General)

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2022. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Anesthesiologist Assistant

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2023. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Medical Assisting
Albany Technical College, Albany, GA (Diploma)
Ivy Tech Community College-Anderson, Anderson, IN (Associate)
Martin Community College, Williamston, NC (Associate)
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI (Diploma)
National College-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN (Associate)
  
The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2024. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Medical Assisting
American National University-Salem, Salem, VA (Associate)
Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR (Certificate)
Kaplan University-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE (Associate)

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2025. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Broward College, Ft Lauderdale, FL (General)
Broward College, Ft Lauderdale, FL (Cardiac)
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY (General)
Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY (Cardiac)
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL (General)
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA (General)
Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL (General)

Surgical Technology
Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, NC
Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), Ft. Sam Houston, TX

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2020.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO
Temple College, Temple, TX

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2021.

Medical Assisting
El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX (Certificate)
North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA (Certificate)

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2023.

Medical Assisting
Everest College-Bremerton, Bremerton, WA (Diploma)
Everest College-Everett, Everett, WA (Diploma)
Kaplan Career Institute, Harrisburg, PA (Diploma)
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME (Associate)
Moraine Park Technical College, Fond Du Lac, WI (Diploma)
Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ (Certificate)
Trumbull Career and Technical College, Warren, OH (Certificate)

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2024.

Medical Assisting
American School of Technology, Columbus, OH (Diploma)
Baker College of Jackson, Jackson, MI (Associate)
Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, MT (Associate)
Huntington Junior College, Huntington, WV (Associate)
Lanier Technical College-Oakwood, Oakwood, GA (Diploma)
Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA (Certificate)
Metro Technology Center, Oklahoma City, OK (Certificate)
Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison, MI (Associate)
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA (Certificate)
University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Cincinnati, OH (Associate)

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted initial accreditation for a period not to exceed three (3) years. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.
 
Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted initial accreditation for a period not to exceed five (5) years. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Anesthesia Technology

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Dade Medical College-Hollywood, Hollywood, FL (General)
Dade Medical College-Homestead, Homestead, FL (General)
Dade Medical College-Miami, Miami, FL (Cardiac)
Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR (General)
Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR (Cardiac)
Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR (Vascular)
 
Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Polysomnographic Technology
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (Certificate)

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted initial accreditation for a period not to exceed five (5) years.

Cardiovascular Technology
Eastern International College, Jersey City, NJ (Adult Echocardiography, Associate)

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
Butler Tech, Hamilton, OH
Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox, IL

Medical Assisting
Kaplan University-Lewiston, Lewiston, ME (Associate)
Meridian Community College, Meridian, MS (Associate)
Midwest Technical Institute, Springfield, MO (Diploma)

The following programs were placed on probationary accreditation, with one or more Standards requiring critical attention and timely resolution to bring the program into compliance with the Standards and Guidelines. The letter outlining the reason(s) for probation is available upon request.

Medical Assisting
Community College of Allegheny County-West Mifflin (South Campus), West Mifflin, PA (Certificate)
Harper College, Palatine, IL (Certificate)
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY (Associate)

Surgical Technology

The following program had a transfer of sponsorship approved, with a status of continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2016.

Medical Assisting
  
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic                   
  
The following program had a transfer of sponsorship approved, with a status of continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2023.
  
Medical Assisting
Southern Regional Technical College-Thomasville, Thomasville, GA (Diploma)
  
The following program had a transfer of sponsorship approved, with a status of initial accreditation, which expires on March 31, 2018
  
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
  
The following program had a transfer of sponsorship approved, with a status of initial accreditation, which expires on July 31, 2019
  
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
Southern Regional Technical College-Thomasville, Thomasville, GA 

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